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(Ward Sisters #4)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  5,979 ratings  ·  633 reviews
No man has ever rattled Isabel Ward. Until Aiden Hennessy walks in the door of her gym—ownership papers in hand.

The former fighter is a lot of things — a single dad, a widower trying to start over, and a watchful presence that knocks her off her very capable feet.

To make matters worse, Isabel had a crush on him for the entirety of her teenage years. Doodles in her diarie
Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Published May 20th 2021
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michaela it is, but each book can be read as a standalone :)

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 ⚔Irunía⚔ [on semi-hiatus, meh]
Well it was kinda cute or whatever, I am giggling like a schoolgirl over there. 😳😱

The good news: the story is the safest, sweetest thing I've read in a while.

The bad news: the story is the safest, sweetest thing I've read in a while.

My personal issue with the book is that it had such a bittersweet feeling to it. Aiden's wife died only 2 years ago, he loved her, she was his high school sweetheart 😭 and gave birth to his daughter. At the same time, the heroine didn't even have normal relati

THIS!!! This was what I’ve been waiting for. Aiden and Isabel are hands down the best couple in this series.

✨ Age Gap - Isabel (25), Aiden (35)
✨ Forbidden - boss/employee
✨ Slow Burn - with insta-attraction
✨ Single Dad
✨ Family Dynamic
✨ Sports Romance - ex-fighter and gym focused
✨ Grumpy hero and badass heroine


Dead ex is a trope that is really hard to pull off because it means the character has been in epic love before you, and you are es
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
i'm so upset, this book had so much potential but i needed MORE. SO MUCH MORE. the ending felt rushed and the character development just wasn't enough for me to love this:(

isabel ward and aiden hennessy, a retired MMA fighter who is also a single dad???? count me fucking in.

and it’s forbidden because that’s her new boss!! the sexual tension might end me. grumpy hero??? i'm salivating. silent yearning?? yes please. secret & soft glances?? i’m ready. snea
Aug 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am honestly so in love with Karla Sorensen's books and cannot wait to get to her backlist. I read the first book in this series and loved it, but I skipped two and three because I was just too excited to get to this one. Isabel works at a gym and she used to have a crush on Aiden Hennessy when he was a famous fighter and she was a teenager. We're talking posters on the wall and love letters. Now, Aiden is a single dad and just bought the gym that Isabel works for. Isabel has no idea how to act ...more
May 21, 2021 rated it liked it
I would probably give this book higher raiting if it wasn't about Isabel. She was the one who intrigued me the most ever since I've read Logan and Paige's book😩

There was nothing wrong with Isabel and Aiden as a separate characters. She is still the most stubborn girl, full of anger who keeps everything bottled up and Aiden is  single father still griving his wife while somewhat trying to move on.
I just didn't like how Isabel was so tongue tied in the beginning around Aiden and how everytime he
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, 2021
Forbidden is the fourth and final installment in the Ward Sisters series, and let me tell you that Karla Sorensen knew exactly what she was doing here. This book can be read as a standalone, but if for some reason you haven't started this series YET (+ The Marriage Effect), this is me yelling at you to do it as soon as possible! What to expect:

🥊 grumpy-grumpy trope (yes, you read that right 👀)
🥊 workplace romance
🥊 slowburn
🥊 age gap
🥊 strong heroine with a vulnerable side
🥊 male character scared to
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars ⭐️

“One of us was a locked box, and the other was on display for the world to see. Neither made it easy to make real connections.

Wow🙌 I wasn’t expecting to love this book or enjoy this book as much as I did! When I read the blurb and the reviews, I thought this was going to be your typical “forbidden- age gap- workplace- grumpy” book but OMG it was so much MORE!!
This was my first book by Karla and I haven’t read any other books in the series but it can easily be read as a standalone,
Flor ❁ ⟨HIATUS⟩
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
4,25 ✨

it's the way this book has all my fav tropes.

2.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: Whomp whomp. This didn’t work for me. I didn’t connect to either character. I didn’t feel their connection to each other until they do a complete 180 from avoidance and denial to mushy, toothache love. I didn’t get the progression to deeper feelings. It might’ve also been the fact that I didn’t even get a kiss until ~80%! I’m definitely not a fan of that slow of a burn! It made it feel like nothing happened and it was too much time spent in their inner dialogue to where
Jun 28, 2021 rated it liked it
From the title itself, I thought this book is going to be forbidden romance. Well turns out to be a sexual frustration woman who needs to get it off with a sexy, brooding hero who lost his wife. And the hero is a single dad.

I myself expecting so much more from Miss Sorensen. Such a famous writer, I have high expectation. I think I can like it better if Isobel character can be build more complex and sophisticated. Maybe with some emotional burden from the past.

Well anyway.. moving on

3 stars
May 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-2021
"My smile was as easy as breathing, which was sort of how it felt to fall in love with him."

Out of all the Ward sisters, Isabel was definitely the one that intrigued me the most. Even as a teenager, she had this depth and way of looking at the world that just amazed me. When I found out that she was going to have her own book, I couldn't be happier because I wanted to see who was finally going to break down her walls and love her like she deserves to be loved.

Aiden Hennessy was the perfect p
Kandi Steiner

Seriously. As if I didn't fall in love with her enough with the Washington Wolves series, she has absolutely captured my heart with Forbidden. Isabel is SUCH a bad ass. I fell in love with her more than the Hero if I'm being honest. She was just so refreshing, and unique, and different from any heroine I've ever read before. I loved how her family and friends knew her so well, knew the way she handled emotions, and even SHE seemed to be self-aware. I lo
from all of the Ward sisters, Isabel has been my most favorite so naturally i was really excited for her book so i hate to say it, but this just did not work for me. after all the teasers of her and Aiden that i have read in the previous books, i definitely had way more expectations than what was delivered.

i think my biggest problem with this story was how it was so underdeveloped especially the actual relationship between Isabel and Aiden. but, at the same time it felt so rushed??? like at t
✨4 stars!✨

Isabel as a temptation for me alone was one thing, hidden in quiet moments between the two of us where it was about greedy hands and whispered desires. But Isabel showing me glimpses of a future I’d mourned was something I wasn’t prepared for.

I totally called it, internally that is, that Isabel and Aiden would be my favourites in this series. From the first time we met them in Molly's book I knew we'd get a good helping of angst. And while I wouldn't call their relationship forbidd
May 11, 2021 marked it as nope-nope-nope
A virgin too....well another author I thought I liked on the will not read anymore list. It is past time to stop with the virginity crap especially paired with a man she will have NO first with. He has been married, had a kid, loved before, had sex before and she just gets him, how romantic...eff that

I usually like this author but I am so tired of the widower hero who finds a second love of his life paired with a heroine who never loved before. It makes her feel se
Melanie (mells_view)
“I’m sorry I made you wait,”. . . “You’re worth it.”

Forbidden is the final installment of the Ward Sisters series and I’m a little bit sad to say goodbye. It was a good ending and brought many things full circle in this series. Did I expect Isabel Ward to have a slow burn romance? No. Did it make complete sense once I really thought about it? Yes. A heroine who keeps her feelings close to her until she really trusts you and a single dad hero who has lost someone who he’d have forever. I mean, so

“Some people found a soul mate in the one who filled in the gaps and closed in their pieces with one of their own. But she and I, we weren’t like that. Isabel and I were the same in the heat that ran through us, and instead of tempering the flames, we burned that much brighter together.”

May 20th 2021 :
You know the incredible feeling you feel when one of your most anticipated book about your favorite character in the series does not disappoint you and actually just makes you fall for
3.5-3.75 stars

I've been looking forward to this book since book 1 of the Ward Sisters series when Isabel sees the retired MMA boxer across the gym who recently became a widow and a single dad. It was so brief, but I was immediately shipping them haha. My review for book 1 where all I do is talk about Isabel 😂

This book has a lot of my favorite tropes:
✔️age gap (10 years)
✔️single dad
✔️sports/MMA (to an extent with him being a retired MMA fighter)

Aiden Hennessy retired from MMA to
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Jen (jensdreamylittlereads)
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Addicting, emotional and unputdownable.

When a book has the ability to make you cry tears of joy and place a permanent smile on your face while also tugging at your heartstrings and making you feel all of the feels, you know it’s going to be a top favorite read. And this story was crazy good! Cue ugly crying because I loved it. Isabel and Aiden’s book has to be my favorite out of the sisters so far. Once the book landed in my kindle, I had such a hard time turning away from it. Absolutely delici
Apr 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Karla Sorensen Fans, Romance
4.5 Felt It Deep Stars
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Karla Sorensen has a deft hand in understanding feelings, all types. This is an excellent study of how we all manage deep feelings from our past experiences. We learn how to allow others to find that one person who "Got You" and allowed you to be you.

This story has all the makings of something easy, not earth-shattering...yet when Isabel and Aiden cross paths as manager and owner of the newly acquired gym by Aiden, neither have any clue as to what th
May 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: single-parent
i love single parent trope so much 😖
Jeeves Reads Romance
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved every minute of this, from the heartbreaking prologue, to the near-constant sexual tension, to the absolutely SWOONY conclusion. I knew this was going to be something special when I was holding back tears within 5 minutes of reading, and that turned out to be completely true. The immediate ZAP of connection between these two was just the start of the palpable chemistry between them. It's sexy and intense, but also an excruciatingly slow burn, and I loved the push/pull dynamic. Isabel and ...more
May 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars⭐️

Isabel is the superior Ward sister. i don’t make the rules🤷🏻‍♀️

i’ll start with why this wasn’t a full five stars for me. the beginning bothered me.

cant say i was a fan of Isabel being a fumbling mess around Aidan in the beginning🥴 the reason she was my fave is bcos she was a feisty, stubborn kick arse bitch who had the patriarchy by the fucking balls. she was reduced to a blushing schoolgirl and it just didn’t fit her character :// like her barely being able to string a sentence toge
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5+ stars

This was a super cute read. I haven’t visited this family since Molly’s book so it was nice to jump back into their world.

Iz had idolised Aiden since she was a teenager and so when she meets him as her new boss, her normal sure-footed, stubborn, confident self crumbles and she becomes a bundle of nerves. Aiden is intrigued by Iz but is also not looking for a relationship as his wife and childhood sweetheart died 2 years prior.

As much as I enjoyed these two find their feet around each o
5 “Forbidden but Destiny” Stars

THIS. This was everything I wanted, I needed. I didn’t think this series could get any better but the final act of this series sealed the entire deal. I knew that Iz’s love story would tug at my heart strings and it did but the stars of the show were Aiden and his little girl Anya. I fell SO hard for Aiden. Former fighter, single father and a whole lotta good man. I genuinely not loved a book boyfriend in so long.

I smiled from ear to freaking ear reading this. It
Wendy ⏃: ✦Cheeky Chicks Reviewer✦
4.5 STARS!


Forbidden is my first Ward Sisters read... I know, I know. I started the series backwards but after reading this book I can honestly say that I'm looking forward to going back and reading the other sisters' books!

Karla Sorensen's Forbidden centers around a single dad who falls for his manager who also happens to be 10 years younger than him. She brings chaos and unbalance to his life but at the same time he's never known such peace, even before the loss of his wife.

Lori R.
May 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
With a prologue that packed quite a punch to the heart, I knew I was in for an intensely emotional ride. Karla Sorensen has, once again, knocked my socks off with another well-written, amazing story. This book has it all and it was everything I needed it to be.

Isabel Ward is the one I’ve been most intrigued by. She’s the toughest nut to crack out of all the sisters. But enter one sexy AF, older guy who has been her biggest crush since she was a teenager, and that’s all it took to slowly break d
May 20, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
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May 20, 2021 rated it liked it
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